Following the events of 12/14, Isabel Linzer, a high school student at Yorktown High School in Virginia, began collecting donations at her school and in her community.
As Isabel explained, "Spending so much time here brought it close to home."
Isabel visits her cousin Emily Silveira and her aunt and uncle Betsey and Harry Rickert in Newtown often. By the Monday following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Isabel had begun her collection.
Donations were collected and ribbons were made to be handed out at her school and at her school's basketball games, she said. Companies also helped Isabel reach her final collection amount of about $2,500.
Isabel and her parents, Hope and George Linzer, also traveled to Newtown to meet Brian Mauriello, founder of Newtown Memorial Fund, on Saturday, January 19, to deliver the donation in person.
Mr Mauriello said Isabel's efforts have already inspired others to do similar collections in their own town.
The Newtown Memorial Fund's mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by 12/14, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost that day, and to establish academic scholarships in the victims' names for future generations of Newtown students, according to www.newtownmemorialfund.org.
Since forming the Newtown Memorial Fund a few weeks ago, Mr Mauriello said the support the effort has received has been overwhelming, creative, and inspiring. One young boy
Mr Mauriello said, emptied the contents of his piggy bank into 26 individual envelopes to donate in honor of each of the victims of the shootings at the school.